We made it back from our honeymoon and what an amazing trip! Crossfit games, coastal drive, then wine country. The food, wine and people were all top notch, but this post isn’t about our honeymoon. It’s about our wedding…
I began writing this blog sitting on Virgin Air flight 321 to LA for our honeymoon and wasn’t able to finish it until today. We got married 2 weeks after Vaughan opened his new restaurant venture, Kapow Noodle Bar, and didn’t have the opportunity to take a honeymoon right away. We knew we were going to do something but weren’t sure what, when, or how. One day in January we started talking about the Crossfit Games and Vaughan jokingly said, “Why don’t we go to that for our honeymoon.” Being the untraditional types that we are, I thought it was a FANTASTIC idea. After minimal planning, we decided that we would fly out to LA, stay for the games then take a drive up the scenic highway from LA to San Francisco, stopping in wine country along the way. So the trip was planned and on flight 321 no less. And if you are a crossfitter, you totally see the irony in that.
I decided this would be a perfect time to post some of our most memorable wedding pictures. We got engaged during a vacation with my family in August 2010. We didn’t really have a time frame of when we wanted to get married and decided it would be based on the venue we chose. THAT was a struggle. We had decided right away that we wanted to have a 30’s themed wedding and just weren’t satisfied with the venues we were seeing. Finally, we came across Old School Square in Delray Beach, FL and thought that would be a perfect place for an outdoor wedding and we were right! Reception was held at Dada’s and dancing at Deluxe. Great! Venue picked, fairly easy for me to pick out my dress so no worries. Well…. that is, if we weren’t two people who put everything off until the last minute. We wanted this wedding to be uniquely ours and put our own personal flair on every part of it. Time started ticking by, Vaughan’s restaurant was building out nicely and before you knew it, we were 7 weeks away from the wedding and hadn’t done anything! We hadn’t even picked out our photographer at this point. We both decided at that moment of realization that we have some awesome skillz to pull this off and we weren’t going to get stressed about anything! We were going to work to do the best we could to get everything we wanted and not worry if we couldn’t get it all done.
The following is that wonderful day’s event…
The day began at 9am. Hair was done at Sky Salon and makeup was done by Mac.
I had 6 Bridesmaids and 1 Junior Bridesmaid. The little girl above was our flowergirl.
My awesome hair dresser Julie!
Feathers were a detail in every bridesmaids hair. I made all of theirs out of ostrich feathers and brooch pieces. Our colors were chocolate brown and light blue. All of the bridesmaids wore different brown dresses and light blue feather piece with matching Mary Jane shoes.
My gift to each bridesmaid was a handmade brooch bouquet. These were each individually put together and determined by each persons personality.
Something borrowed: my mother’s pearls.
This antique bracelet was worn by the women on my mom’s side 3 generations prior and can be seen in each one’s wedding photos.
Something blue: my toenails.
The small ring on top was my mema’s wedding ring (mom’s mom). She got married in 1936. My mom surprised me with this gift a couple days before the wedding.
My nephew, the ring bearer.
Vaughan’s groomsmen were decked out in light blue shirts with matching vests, fedoras and converse.
A couple days before the wedding Vaughan was getting a little stressed because he hadn’t written his vows yet. I told him that I knew how much he loved me and I didn’t need any personalized vows, just read me some hallmark cards… Well, he did just that and it was perfect!
Pictures before the wedding were taken in the courtyard at the Marriott hotel in Delray Beach.
This is Bob & Anne who married us.
My bouquet was made from brooches from my family on both sides.
The buttons tied to the ribbons were from my great great grandmother’s dress.
The men’s boutineers were from family brooches.
The day before the wedding we realized we didn’t have any transportation from the hotel to the ceremony. The day of, Vaughan managed to get a 1947 DeSoto.
Vaughan’s friend Rocco, who owns Rocco’s Tacos gave us miniature tequila bottles to tape to the underside of each chair for toasts directly after the ceremony. This was our little secret. No one knew they were there.
Our flowers lining the path were hydrangea’s in mason jars made by a good friend. Libor Vitu.
Vaughan created all of the weathered wooden signs.
One of the bridesmaids, Liz Swinson, created each of the chair place holders.
The boys putting everything in place. Our day of person went completely MIA a week before the wedding but with the help of some awesome family and friends we managed to pull everything off.
The ceremony was held outside Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida under a large Ficus tree. We got married on December 3rd which meant all of the local holiday decorations were already up. This included a Carousel that is assembled on the lawn this time every year. It provided an amazing backdrop to our wedding and for some incredible pictures.
EVERYONE dressed in full 30’s attire. We set up a website to procide updates leading up to the wedding and provided some recommendations on what to wear.
A jazz band played throughout the ceremony and most of the reception.
Somehow my wedding ring was temporarily lost. It fell off of the pillow about 10 minutes before the ceremony.
Junior bridesmaid, Phoebe, found it.
Vaughan’s hallmark cards.
Vaughan’s name was changed when he was real young. Before the wedding we decided to get his name legally changed back to his birth name. We only told a couple of people and his dad had no idea. It was announced when we were announced as husband and wife.
He was in complete shock.
We paused the ceremony to “update our status.” It’s not official until it’s on facebook.
We had everyone reach under their chairs to pull out their tequila bottles and do a celebratory shot with us.
Wanting to pull in a little history of the 30’s I had random things used as decor from that era. The chalkboard signs were hand made to explain the history of each element.
Known for my watermelon mojitos, we served this delicious concoction to our guests directly after the ceremony. It was served in mason jars. We drilled hole in the lids and provided BPA free plastic straws.
Our jazz band lead everyone from the ceremony to the reception a couple blocks away. In New Orleans style, they played When The Saints Go Marching In along the way.
The bridesmaids all had parasols and everyone was provided with bandanas to swing in the air along the way.
With almost 200 guests we stopped traffic along the way.
The reception was held at Dada’s in Delray Beach, FL.
We purchased a vintage 30’s typewriter for guests to write Love Notes.
Cards were placed in a wooden bird cage.
Moonshine was another libation available to our guests.
There was a photo booth and props at the reception for everyone to play with.
The food was incredible. Truffled deviled eggs.
Kale cesar salad served in parmesan cups.
Dinosaur shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Strawberries with chambord and grand marnier shots.
We went for the cupcake tower with 7 different types of cupcakes instead of a cake. Everything from german chocolate to bacon maple pancake flavors.
The chef, Bruce Feingold.
After the reception, everyone headed over to Delux for dancing. Robert Elias was the band.
TRASH THE DRESS:
Not going to use the dress again so why not get some good pictures out of the ordeal. We headed back to the Marriott to jump in the pool.
A HUGE thanks to Michelle Lawson Photography for amazing pictures. They were so incredible to work with. What a day and what great memories. We pulled off the wedding of our dreams and loved absolutely every minute of it.